Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

19 days /18 nights

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Overview

This is our most extensive Antarctic expedition where you will revel in 18 eye-popping days of exploration. We depart from Ushuaia and make our first stop in the Falkland Islands. Our voyage continues to the pristine island of South Georgia and we  hope to see the South Orkney Islands, often cloaked in mist, as we make our way to the South Shetland Archipelago and Antarctica.

Itinerary

Day 1 (A) – Ushuaia

Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.

Day 1 (B) – Ushuaia/Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 2 – Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

 Day 3 – West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water’s edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 4 – Stanley, East Falklands

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley’s lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Days 5-6 – Southern Ocean 

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia

Days 7-10 – South Georgia

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia’s leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 11-12 – Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Days 13-16 – Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east we cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea; this large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of wales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Our route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Days 17-18 – Drake Passage

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 20.

Day 19 – Ushuaia / Disembarkation

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

(A) Starting day with a pre-departure night included in all Hebridean Sky itineraries.

(B) Starting day with embarkation in Ushuaia in all Akademik Ioffe & Akademik Vavilov itineraries

 

Adventure Options

Sea Kayaking

We are very proud to offer one of the best sea kayaking programs ever!!! Whether you are an experienced kayaker or you want to try it for the first time, this activity will allow you to enjoy another side of this magnificent destination.

Price per person: U$S 795

Read more about Sea Kayaking in the Polar Regions

 Whale Watching

In the Polar Regions the sun shines 24/7 allowing krill and other crustaceans to grow in abundance. Whales take full advantage of this feast before the “big freeze” forces them to head to the Tropics. Humpbacks float along our zodiacs, Orcas set the heart racing and the curious minke whales never fail to delight.  And ‘don’t rule out seeing Blue whales or the less common beaked whales!

Read more about Whale watching

Expedition Photography

Throughout our voyage, there will be numerous opportunities to photograph and capture truly wonderful moments, fluting whales, diving penguins, soaring albatross and rather rotund beached seals to name a few! From multimedia presentations to group workshops on the outer decks or in a Zodiac, our on board photographer will offer advice and instruction. He/she will be available to work with you and encourage you to look at scenes or events in a different way in order to capture them as best as possible.

Read more about Photography in the Polar Regions

 

Dates & Prices

DatesNightsAdventure OptionsVesselPrices from
20 Oct 2018
07 Nov 2018
18
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingAkademik Ioffe

$13,595

03 Nov 2018
24 Nov 2018
21
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingHebridean Sky

$14,295

29 Nov 2018
17 Dec 2018
18
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingAkademik Ioffe

$14,295

13 Dec 2018
29 Dec 2018
16
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingAkademik Vavilov

$15,995

27 Dec 2018
12 Jan 2019
16
Ski TouringWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingAkademik Ioffe

$16,295

31 Dec 2018
19 Jan 2019
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingHebridean Sky

$16,995

21 Jan 2019
09 Feb 2019
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingAkademik Vavilov

$19,095

12 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019
19
Ski TouringWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingIsland Sky

$16,995

02 Nov 2019
22 Nov 2019
20
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingHebridean Sky

$14,295

18 Dec 2019
06 Jan 2020
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingIsland Sky

$17,595

17 Jan 2020
05 Feb 2020
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingHebridean Sky

$17,595

23 Jan 2020
11 Feb 2020
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingIsland Sky

$17,595

23 Feb 2020
13 Mar 2020
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale WatchingIsland Sky

$14,295


 

Inclusions

Included in the price of this voyage:

– Itinerary/pre-departure information

– One night hotel accommodation in embarkation city (Hebridean Sky departures)

– Transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on day 1 of the itinerary (Hebridean Sky departures)

– Transfers from the meeting point to the ship

– Transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation

– Extensive program of relevant educational presentations

– Advice from experienced team of naturalists and resident photographer

– All Zodiac excursions and landings

– Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Dinner hosted by our Captain

– All meals during the voyage prepared by onboard professional chefs. Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day (24/7)

– House wine/beer/soft drink with dinner (Hebridean Sky departures)

– Onboard medical officer

– All activities offered on board (except kayaking on all departures and camping on Hebridean Sky departures).

– Use of multimedia station to download and process your photos.

– Free Internet connection from the public computers in the library (Hebridean Sky  departures)

– 100 minute WiFi card, for use on your personal devices (Hebridean Sky departures)

-All port fees

– In Superior categories we offer champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar and US$ 100 Gift Shop Certificate (Hebridean Sky departures)

Not included in the price of this voyage:

– International and Domestic airfares

– Visa and passport fees, airport departure taxes

– Pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel accommodation, meals, transfers in arrival/departure cities (unless otherwise stated in your invoice)

– Personal laundry and personal expenses (Postage, telephone, internet, bar bill, medical expenses)

– Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)

– Trip interruption / cancellation insurance (optional)

– Gratuities to staff and crew

Polar Gear

Should you wish to simplify packing, we are proud to offer a full complement of  outdoor expedition gear for you on board.

On board the Akademiks: 

Free of charge foul weather gear package including jacket, bib pants and wellington boots. The package also includes roll-top waterproof knapsacks, Bushnell® or Nikon binoculars and walking poles to use during the voyage.

On board the Hebridean Sky: 

You will receive a complimentary Helly Hansen water/wind proof jacket (yours to keep) and a pair of Muck boots to use during the voyage.

Wellness Program

On board the Akademiks: 

We have a Wellness program on the ships which includes a gym, sauna, hot tub, massage room and plunge pool for icy dips if you so wish! Early morning stretching and yoga sessions followed by healthy breakfast are a great way to start your expedition day.

Proof of our Polar Commitment

When traveling with Ice Tracks Expeditions, you will discover how much we care about the places and people we visit. We demonstrate this by finding ways to give back as well as taking away so many incredible memories.

Read more about our Giving Back Program.

 

 

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